Billy Joel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" Meaning, and Why He Had to Do a Last-Minute Rewrite

Most of the major musical performers of the rock era can recall a moment when they reached a towering pinnacle, both creatively and commercially. 

That would have to be Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger. The album's opening track, "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," undoubtedly contributed significantly to Joel reaching the aforementioned peak.

What was the song about? How did producer Phil Ramone's influence benefit the song? Why did Joel have to conduct an eleventh-hour rewrite?

Let's learn everything we can about "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," but only if that's what you intended.

Joel is now recognized as one of the greatest pop/rock performers of all time, but it wasn't always easy to get there. He actually entered the recording of The Stranger under pressure from his record business, Columbia Records.

His previous two albums failed to produce any major hits to follow his 1973 breakout single "Piano Man."

Joel produced his previous album, Turnstiles (1975). That album included many songs that are today popular among Joel fans, although it did not sell well when it was first released.

That's why the musician decided to change things up and seek an outside producer. He chose Phil Ramone, who had recently released successful records with Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.

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